Moath Alofi

Moath Alofi
Saudi Arabia
Born in Madina, Saudi Arabia in 1984, Moath Alofi is an artist, researcher, explorer.


Currently, he is the Head of Cultural Programs at the Madina Development Authority. In addition to managing the Madina Arts Center, Moath is also the Founder of artistic studio Al-Mthba, and the Co-Founder of Erth Team. He obtained his BA in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

Treating the holy city as both his studio and an open museum, Moath began a journey of photographic documentation in 2013. With a focus on cultural artefacts, heritage, and hidden treasures, Moath has since expanded to documenting and exploring the greater Madina Region, in both its barren and urbanised glories, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a whole. Throughout his artistic career, Moath has exhibited works in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Bahrain, Oman, London, Paris, Bruxelles, Moscow, New Mexico, and Utah.


The Last Tashahud

This photographic series captures desolated mosques scattered along the winding roads leading to the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. It documents makeshift mosques built by philanthropists hoping to offer a haven for travellers, both of whom seek to reap the sacramental rewards of these structures. Pronounced Al-Tashahhud Al-Akheer in Arabic, the title is an Islamic incantation that translates to the last witnessing. In his approach to the subject, Moath Alofi emulates the structures’ anachronism, displaced from the contemporary understanding of a house of worship, and only witnessed by travellers and the occasional passerby.